Posts by gavin

Christmas Celebration with Lylak December 16

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Christmas Celebration with Lylak December 16

Each year, we host a Christmas celebration gathering for simple church friends and family in the region.    This Christmas, we are partnering with local musicians from the band Lylak and simple church friends Roser (Matthew and Alysa Cobb) to host a night of Christmas carols and songs. Perhaps slightly different from years past, we expect that there will be many folks unfamiliar with the idea of simple church desiring to come via their connection with Lylak.  So, this will be an opportunity for the various simple churches to connect, but also a chance for us to bless the city a message of hope through carols and song.  In addition, we will have opportunities...

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Transitions (Audio Teaching)

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Transitions (Audio Teaching)

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne Jacobsen here in Lexington.  He probably doesn’t remember much about the meeting, but I remember being slightly discouraged.  At the time, I was just getting started with this ministry of helping folks start simple churches and I didn’t get the sense from him that he was all that excited about simple churches!  I had read his book So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore?” (download free here) and really resonated with the main character’s frustrations.  While I agreed that “house church was not the answer” (a realization the character discovers), I’m not...

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A Powerful Video On Hospitality

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Blog, Video | 1 comment

A Powerful Video On Hospitality

Take a few minutes and listen to the story of how hospitality changed the life of author Rosaria Butterfield!  I happen to stumble upon this video and realized, just before posting it here, that my wife Karla is presently reading a book by Rosaria for her Classical Conversations book club.  Classical Conversations is a homeschool cooperative that we have been a part of for some time and that Rosaria apparently is also a part of.  (Perhaps you are familiar with my rap song about Classical Conversations entitled “Kickin’ It Homeschool?” :). How does this video speak to you?  What relevance does it have for those involved in simple church? ...

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Church Ain’t About The Building – Joseph Solomon Video

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Blog, Video | 0 comments

Church Ain’t About The Building – Joseph Solomon Video

Joseph Solomon has gained a following online for his music, poetry, and YouTube videos about Christianity.  If you are like me, the idea of broadcasting your life and on social media is still a bit of an odd concept. However, no one can argue that this practice is becoming increasingly normal for an entire generation of younger folks.  So, it should be no surprise that the Lord would meet people where there are (online) to spread His love.  In the Vlog (Video Blog) below, Joseph provides a small window into what house church and disciple-making (what he calls “building”) looks like for him in the middle of Chicago. It’s worth a...

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Skate Church Trip To Barcelona

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Skate Church Trip To Barcelona

Right now, a small group of guys from Lexington’s Skate Church and Nicholasville’s Skate Church are in Barcelona Spain, the unofficial skateboarding capital of the world! Read below from Josh Roberts about the trip’s goals and purpose: A note from Josh Roberts Hey church family! I’m excited to tell share with you that Jonathan Wilson, Bryce Benifield, Chris Smith, and I will be heading to Barcelona, Spain on 10/20/18. We will be returning 10/27/18. The purpose of the trip started simply as a skateboarding mission to film a video, and potentially do some outreach at a popular public skate spot. However, as we get closer I have felt the Lord calling us...

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How Do You Know God Loves You? (Conference Recap)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

How Do You Know God Loves You? (Conference Recap)

How Do You Know God Loves You? A summary of the Simple Church Conference 2018 (pictured to the left is the home in Stanford, KY where we gathered for the our meetings together) “God loves You!” is foundational truth of the Christian faith. It is repeated so frequently among the faithful that it’s almost ingrained in our minds. “Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so,” is perhaps the first song that many Christians sing to their children. However, how do we really know that God loves us? If someone came to you and said, “Forget the Bible verses.  Tell me why you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God loves you.” How would you answer? This...

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No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

Posted by on Aug 4, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

“…there is no more place for me to work in these regions…” -Paul the Apostle (Romans 15:23, NIV) We at Green Mountain Simple Church are immensely excited to partner with No Place Left, “an international movement of movements aimed at getting to no place left where Christ is not made known in our generation.” On August 20-21, 2018, GMSC had the opportunity to partner with Calvary Bible Church in Rutland to host No Place Left trainers Justin White from Raleigh, North Carolina and Jon Slenker from Norfolk, Virginia. Our No Place Left training team in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Bible Church. Left to right, Nick Pope, Jacob Stafford, Jon Slenker, Justin...

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Why I No Longer Go To Church – An Open Letter (by Jeff Herron)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Why I No Longer Go To Church – An Open Letter (by Jeff Herron)

Below is an “open letter” that Jeff Herron posted to facebook and I’m reposting here with his permission.  I thought Jeff articulated well what I find many simple/house church folks are trying to express–especially to loved ones and other brothers and sisters who may not understand why they are doing what they are doing.  Jeff has posted on this site before and he and his family continue to be an encouragement to me and to many involved in simple churches across the region.   ————— An Open Letter By Jeff Herron To:  My friends and family who regularly attend traditional church services Re: Why I no longer...

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Baptisms in Morehead

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Baptisms in Morehead

Our friends in Morehead, KY are enjoying the blessing of seeing new folks baptized into God’s family! Their simple church was recently joined by eighteen guests to witness their first round of baptisms! Keep this simple church community in your prayers as they see the Kingdom expand and consider their next steps! To learn more about their simple church in Morehead, Ky contact Rich Duffield. ...

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Simple Church Conference 2018

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Conference 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE AUGUST 17TH DESCRIPTION Connect with and learn alongside simple/house/organic church practitioners from around the region at this year’s simple church conference. We will take 24-hours to “REFRESH.”   More of a retreat than a “conference,” Gavin Duerson will be facilitating times of encouragement as we look together into God’s Word, and enjoy meals at the Bluebird Cafe!  Come and be refreshed by communion with friends and Christ!   This year we will be staying in the guest homes at the Wilderness Inn in Standford, KY! Visit Website Here. Children? At every simple church network gathering, we...

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